Welcome to the OLHMS Mustang PBIS page
OLHMS Mustang Pride - PBIS Behavior Expectations
BE RESPECTFUL - BE RESPONSIBLE - BE SAFE
The Purpose of MUSTANG PRIDE at Oak Lawn – Hometown Middle School is to promote a positive learning community in a consistent manner by:
• Teaching clearly defined school-wide expectations
• Teaching responsible decision-making
• Teaching ownership of choices
What is PBIS?
PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) is a systems approach to preventing and responding to classroom and school discipline problems. PBIS develops school-wide systems that support staff to teach and promote positive, appropriate behavior in all students. This process focuses on improving the positive behavior of all students. Emphasis is directed toward developing and maintaining safe learning environments where teachers can teach and students can learn.
How does it work?
A key strategy of the PBIS process is prevention. The majority of students follow the school behavioral expectations, however are rarely acknowledged for their positive behavior. Through instruction, comprehension and regular practice, all stakeholders use a consistent set of behavior expectations and rules.
At OLHMS PBIS Building Teams are composed of representatives from each grade level, social workers, staff members, and administrators. The Building PBIS Team meets regularly to analyze behavioral data, create visuals to advertise school expectations, develop behavioral matrixes, create "cool tools" or lessons for staff to use with students, develops and maintains a building-level reinforcement system, informs parents and community members about PBIS activities, assists the administration in developing a continuum for managing inappropriate behaviors and are cheerleaders for the PBIS process in the school.
The teachers implement the plans developed by the Building Team. They actively work with the students in understanding classroom rules based on the OLHMS Mustang Pride expectations of being respectful, responsible and safe. They further teach the "cool tools" to the children, monitor student behavior and acknowledge and reward appropriate behaviors with "Mustang Money."
The PBIS Building Team has developed the OLHMS “Mustang Pride” Behavior Matrix for appropriate behavior which are expected of all children within the classroom as well as in non-classroom situations, i.e. hallways, bathrooms, cafeteria, bus. These expectations are taught to the children through "Cool Tools" which are explained by the classroom teacher. The matrixes are to help address problem areas seen in each building.
Click on the link to the OLHMS “Mustang Pride” Behavior Matrix.
Cool Tools are lessons that have been designed to teach children appropriate behaviors. Schools have cool tools for expected behaviors in the classroom, cafeteria, hallways, bathrooms, playground, the bus, and other non-instructional areas.
To monitor the effectiveness of our program, the school inputs into a data system called SWIS information regarding negative behavior occurring throughout the school day. This data is analyzed by the Building Team and shared with teachers and staff. From the analysis of the data, the Building Team makes suggestions, revisions, or adjustments its own program.
Does it make a difference?
The concept of PBIS has been researched in education for approximately 15 years. PBIS is based upon sound educational practices grounded in psychological and sociological theory. It began as a joint initiative by the University of Oregon and the federal Department of Education. Currently, PBIS is implemented across the United States and in many foreign countries
The PBIS model is a research-based strategy that is supported by over 900 schools in the state of Illinois. The 3-tiered approach reduces problem behavior as a barrier to student achievement. Public schools have 180 days each year to advance academic progress. So instructional time is very valuable.
What about parents?
Parents are an important part of PBIS implementation. Schools encourage parents to use the same expectations and rules that the school teaches. This common language creates consistency and a unified support for expected student behavior. Parents are asked to discuss the common rules and expectations and post them at home for easy reference. Children thrive when they have consistent, predictable expectations and consequences. Parents and schools alike agree that by reducing time students spend with behavioral disruptions and increasing academic time, student achievement improves. For further clarification of PBIS in Illinois, as well as other parental behavioral supports the following “Parent Tools” are provided:
How to shape behaviors at home:
Website on learning disabilities and Attention Deficit Disorders:
Homework helper reference desk:
Parenting of K-6 children:
A reference for handling behavior problems at home:
Mental health facts form families:
What parents can do to change their child’s behavior:
Helping your child with homework:
Kids health – education with humor:
We are now in our second year of PBIS!! What does PBIS stand for you ask?? PBIS stands for "Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports". It is a proactive systems approach for establishing the behavioral supports and social culture needed for all students in our school to achieve social, emotional, and academic success. It means our students will be rewarded for exhibiting positive behaviors. Everyone in OLHMS will be abiding to our three expected behaviors called Mustang Musts. Our Mustang Musts are Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Safe. Our behavior matrix is posted around the school. Our matrix displays the expected behaviors in every area of the building. When one of our students is caught being respectful, responsible, or safe throughout the school, they will receive a ticket making them eligible for a reward drawing. We have some really cool stuff in our drawings and we are always accepting donations.
OLHMS 2010-2011 PBIS Representatives
Mary Ann Dunican, Internal Coach
Mustang Monthly Celebrations
Monday, September 27th
Friday, October 29th
Monday, December 20th or Tuesday, December 21st
Monday, January 24th
Friday, March 4th
Monday, April 4th
Friday, May 20th
PBIS Illinois Website
Questions, Comments, Concerns, and Donations
Mrs. Mary Ann Dunican, Internal Coach
5345 West 99th Street
Oak Lawn, IL. 60453
708-499-6400 X 7976